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Deric Bownds
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Retired as professor and department chair from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001, now a snowbird.
Retired as professor and department chair from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001, now a snowbird.

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Universality of the cognitive architecture of pride.
An international collaboration of evolutionary psychologists suggests that a universal cognitive architecture underlies the emotion of pride, and that the emotion of pride functions as an evolved guidance system that modulates behavior to cost-effectively m...

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Monday morning Schubert
On Sunday Feb. 19 I gave a recital dedicated to the memory of David Goldberger, who I had performed with in several four hands recitals several years ago. He gave a recital on his 90th birthday in the summer of 2015, after his diagnosis with stomach cancer,...

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Schubert Drei Klavier Stucke D. 496, No. 2, with last section of No. 1, as played at David Goldberger memorial recital on Feb. 19 at the Pride Center, Wilton Manors, FL.

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Vitamin B3 (Niacin) protects from glaucoma
A number of anti-aging elixirs contain vitamin B3, or niacin, which is a precursor of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a key molecule in mitochondrial energy and redox metabolism. (I've tried a few mixtures with niacin myself, but find they make me...

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Scientific curiosity counters politically motivated reasoning.
Jasny points to work by Kahan et al.  (open source) showing that science curiosity (of the sort shown by MindBlog readers!) promotes open-minded engagement with information that is contrary to individuals’ political predispositions. Jasny's summary: Knowled...

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Will the “Anthropocene Era” concept slow or accelerate human impact on our planet?
Wesley Yang does a nice piece in the NYTimes Magazine, which notes that the concept of an anthropocene era, as a new stage of the geological time scale leaving behind the Holocene epoch which began 10,000-12,000 years ago and introducing the sixth great ext...

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Decision-making: Judges' decisions not so legal
An article by Spamann and Klöhn in The Journal of Legal Studies presenting an experiment with real judges showing that justice is less blind and less legalistic than we might hope. Here is a summary by Yeeles : It is well known that judges utilize extra-leg...

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Musical evolution in the lab exhibits rhythmic universals
Ravignani et al.  have managed to grow the rhythmic universals of human music in the laboratory, suggesting that they arise from human cognitive and biological biases.  Their abstract: Music exhibits some cross-cultural similarities, despite its variety acr...

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OhMyGawd....
I have to pass on this graphic sent by a friend, perhaps a reaction to Trump's recent press conference.

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The purpose of sleep? To forget.
In two recent Science papers de Vivo et al. and Diering et al. probe the nightlife of the synapses that control the signalling between cells in our brain. They find substantial alterations in the structure and molecular machinery of synapses during sleep, ...
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